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Disco Giants, Vol. 4

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Another great compilation combining outright smashes and enduring underground favorites, the fourth volume of the PTG label's two-disc Disco Giants series contains a mild surprise in the form of Cheryl Lynn's 1978 Black Singles chart topper "Got to Be Real," quite possibly the first and only time the staunchly '80s-centric label has licensed a song released during the previous decade. The highlights here include Nona Hendryx's "Why Should I Cry" (co-produced by the Time's Jellybean Johnson; a less-recognized gem from the Jam & Lewis/Flyte Tyme camp) and Dayton's "The Sound of Music" (one of the happiest, most uplifting early-'80s funk singles, presented here in its eight-minute "X-Tended Remix"), as well as absolute must haves like Starpoint's "Object of My Desire," Ready for the World's "Oh Sheila," and Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long."

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